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Space Apps 2016 Pasadena Data Bootcamp Table Tent. Image by FindLab.co
After the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, the OCIO Technology and Innovation team saw the need to engage more women in the data space.

We reached out to experts and organizations leading the data, making, and startup communities to better understand the gaps, needs, and desires of the front line problem solvers, who are carving out a new pathway for others to follow.

After conducting more than two-dozen interviews and additional research on women in these emerging fields, we focused on ways to empower, equip and honor women who are making a difference in the emergent field of data science.

We created our first Data Bootcamp as a pre-event to the 2015 Space Apps Challenge in New York City to welcome newcomers to the hackathon experience and signal to women this is a safe space where their unique perspectives and abilities are needed. It helped to ease the transition and provide introductory content on coding, making, dataset retrieval and manipulation, problem solving, and storytelling.

Data Bootcamps are held before Space Apps to help ease the transition and provide introductory content on coding, making, dataset retrieval and manipulation, problem solving, and storytelling.

Based on a successful 2015 pilot, the Space Apps Data Bootcamp is back for 2016. This year, 40 cities are deploying the Bootcamp model in locations around the work, such as Cairo, Kivograd, Guatamala, Sydney, and Tirana. Bootcamp exists to provide hackathon newcomers, specifically women and girls, a top-level introduction to coding, data science, technology platforms, and challenge development.

Data Bootcamp

Bootcampers were challenged to creating beyond their laptops during our breakout sessions.

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